Simon Hsieh's Aroma Roast Coffees

Ethiopia Washed Yirgacheffe, Koke Grade 1

Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: December 2009

Agtron: 49/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Startlingly intense, sweet-toned notes of ripe lemon, baker’s chocolate and night flowers runs through the profile aroma through finish. Roundly rich acidity, plush mouthfeel. The baker’s chocolate sweetens toward a crisp bittersweet chocolate in the cup and finish.


Koke is a particularly high-elevation district within the famed Yirgacheffe growing region, as well as the name of a wet mill or washing station in the area. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also runs Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on high quality green single-origin coffees and commercial espresso blends. Visit tw.myblog.yahoo.com/Grey-Zone or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The Yirgacheffe style at its finest and most intensely distinctive.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2009 tasting report: Best (or Should-Be-Best) Selling Single Origins 2009

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